Bermagui Bioblitz – 30 and 31 March 2012

28 February, 2012

Swamp Wallaby, Wallabia bicolour. Photo by Bruce Thomson

The Atlas of Living Australia and the Atlas of Life in the Coastal Wilderness (ALCW) are pleased to invite you to come along to the Bermagui Bioblitz.*

The Bioblitz brings together people from the local community and scientists who will search for as many different types of plants, animals, seaweed and fungi as they can find. You don’t need to know anything about science or Australian biodiversity to join in, just be interested to explore the nature of your place.

Experts in plants, animals and other living species will be taking part in the Bioblitz and helping to identify what is found on the day. Walking or swimming with scientists and local and visiting naturalists, you will search for and learn about animals, plants, seaweed, fish and fungi and then add them to the local ALCW website.

The Atlas will then ‘harvest’ these records and include them as part of its National Repository for Biodiversity Information for use by current and future researchers and general Atlas users .

The mix of people is an important part of the Bioblitz – to find and share information about living plants, animals, fungi and other species that live around one particular area, then identify and record them. The Bioblitz is a biodiversity audit.

The Bioblitz teams will survey Bermagui’s sandy and rocky shorelines, sand dunes, forest, wetland, estuary and mangroves, so there’s something for everyone. We’re expecting lots of sightings, some good surprises, great photos and plenty of fun. We will be using photography as one of our main recording methods and there will be a Photography Competition for the best images of what we find.

The Bermagui Bioblitz is the first major event of the 10 year “Atlas of Life in the Coastal Wilderness” biodiversity project. We will log all sightings and photos onto our “Atlas of Life” website database and show you how you can record your sightings too. All the various data will be recorded and managed by The Atlas of Living Australia’s new software, FieldData, for capturing data collected in the field. The Bioblitz runs over two days but people are welcome for just an hour or two as well, or longer if they can.

Bermagui Bioblitz partners include the Australian Museum, CSIRO Discovery, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, Auswide Bournda Environmental Education Centre, Bega Vally Shire Council and the Atlas of Living Australia.

* Bermagui is on the beautiful South Coast of NSW – see map  For more information, see the Atlas of Life in the Coastal Wilderness at http://www.alcw.org.au/

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